World Wetlands Day in India


Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu

Arulagam Nature Conservation Society organized a wetlands day programmed on Feb 2nd at St. Anthoniar elementary school at Idinthakarai, a tsunami-affected coastal hamlet of Tirunelveli district / Tamilnadu / South India.

We had interaction with school children about wetlands and its importance with the support of green coast project, Chennai, Tamilnadu.

Mr.S.Venkatachalam initiated the interaction (Venkatachalam who is biodynamic agriculturist and a consultant in organic farming). Mr.S.Bharathi Dasan, Secretary, Arulagam, motivated "Save water games" with nature club members of that school.

Arulagam planned to celebrate wetlands day through out this month by following activities.

1. Brochure prepared in our mother tongue Tamil about the wetlands importance and our role to save this ecosystem will be released on Feb10 on the occasions of Green Coast Policy Day.

2. Wetlands and environment-related organization logo on clay model will be demonstrated on Feb 13,14,15th for our nature club members . This programme is initiated to familiarize committed organizations such as Wetlands International, Bombay Natural History Society, WWF, IBCN, RSPB, etc. to the younger generation at Thomaiyar Puram elementary school, Vijaypathy middle school, Bishop Roach Hr. Sec. School, Idinthakarai, Audayal Puram middle school.

3. Bird watching field trip on Feb 18 at Koonthankulam bird sanctuary, a IBA site.

4. Training on Disaster Management on Feb 19 at Paster Lansen Polytechnic, Kuthenkulley, a coastal hamlet/ Tirunelveli district of Tamilnadu/ India. This programme is initiated in order to save themselves and help others in that critical situations like tsunami, storm, etc.

5.Puppetry show on turtle (save turtle campaign). This programme is initiated to save olive ridley turtle eggs. Normally this turtle come and lay the eggs during December to March in our Project area. People consume its eggs to a certain extent. Turtle meat is also favorable diet to fisher folk. We want to motivate the present generation not to disturb the nesting sites and save their eggs.

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